Anthony Rose

Anthony Rose writes a column about wine for The Independent.

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Anthony Rose: Lidl and Aldi are making wine buying simple, accessible and good value

I had to pinch myself when Lidl was last month crowned the best supermarket for wine. The budget chain, which has 600 stores in Britain alone, has made a big public-relations splash with its Premium French Wine Collection, selling 800,000 bottles this autumn alone. As you'd expect, prices for the range of 48 Bordeaux and other French classics were a bit higher than those in its core 60-strong wine range.

Screwcaps vs corks: Seal of approval

When I tasted both cork and screwcap version of the 2012 Massolino Langhe Nebbiolo, I was surprised at the difference
Wines of the week

French wines: what's hot and what's not

Plus Something for the Weekend

The future looks rosé for fine wine

Despite the recession, several poor vintages and counterfeit labels at the top end of the market, Anthony Rose says there is light at the end of the barrel for investors

Anthony Rose: "Magnums bring a bit of majesty"

Size isn't everything, but having a magnum on the dinner table undoubtedly brings a bit of majesty. The wine in a 1.5cl bottle generally keeps better, so if you were thinking of laying the wine down, it is well-served by this bottle.

Anthony Rose: "For wine to be an icon, it must achieve the rare feat of consistency and value"

On the face of it, an 'everyday icon' wine is a paradox. How can a wine be iconic, or superlative, if it's an everyday drink? There are many wines that aspire to that sort of status, but few succeed. Those that do, among them Château Lafite, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti and Petrus, have crossed the affordable rubicon into la-la-land of pricing.

Anthony Rose: "Independent wine merchants are often leagues ahead of the supermarkets"

Recognising that most wine drinkers buy their wines in supermarkets, this column doesn't indulge in gratuitous supermarket-bashing.

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